Visiting Fellows

Current Fellows

Newton Duarte (newton.duarte@unesp.br) graduated in Pedagogy in 1985, the last year of the most violent dictatorship in Brazilian history. Since his undergraduate course he has been engaged in educational movements in defense of public and democratic education in Brazil. Duarte works as Full Professor in the Faculty of Sciences and Languages at University of Sao Paulo State (UNESP), campus of Araraquara. His main field of teaching and research is foundations of education, with emphasis in the intersections between philosophy, psychology and pedagogical theories. Based in Marxist authors like Georg Lukács, Karel Kosik, Antonio Gramsci and Lev Vygotsky among others, Duarte has been developing philosophical studies on a conception of school education as mediation, in the development of individuals, between the everyday life and the historical human experience synthetized in art, philosophy and sciences (natural and social). From this perspective, Duarte has analyzed the connections between the neoliberal/post-modern ideological configuration of social realities and the mainstream educational thought. He was visiting scholar at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, in 2002-2003 and at the Centre for Social and Political Thought at University of Sussex in Brighton, U.K., in 2011-2012. In his most recent passage by Canada in September 2017, Newton Duarte visited the Institute for the Humanities. In that opportunity, he gave a lecturer on the theme “Let’s pull Brazil out of the red: belligerent obscurantism in Brazil and the political relevance of critical studies”. During his stay as visiting scholar at the Institute, from September 2019 to June 2020, Duarte will be developing a study entitled “Beyond the choice between neutrality and indoctrination: epistemological and ethical foundations of the democratic school.”

Claudia Leeb is an Associate Professor of Political Theory in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University. She holds a PhD in Political Theory and an MA in Feminist Theory from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and a PhD and an MS in Psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria. She works at the intersection of early Frankfurt school critical theory, feminist theory, and psychoanalytic theory to address questions of power and socio-political change in contemporary societies. She is the author of The Politics of Repressed Guilt(2018, Edinburgh University Press), Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism(2017, Oxford University Press), Working-Class Women in Elite Academia(2004, Peter Lang Publisher) and Die Zerstörung des Mythos von der Friedfertigen Frau(1998, Peter Lang Publisher). She has published articles in Political Theory, Perspectives of Politics, Theory & Event, Contemporary Political Theory, Constellations, Social Philosophy Today, The Good Society, Open Cultural Studies, Philosophy & Social Criticism, The Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, and Radical Philosophy Review. She has also contributed several book chapters to anthologies on Frankfurt school critical theory. She is currently working on a new book project on the rise of the far right titled: Analyzing the Far Right: A Psychoanalytic and Critical Theory Perspective.

Past Fellows

Xue Ji is a Lecturer at the Research Institute of Marxist Philosophy at Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, where he teaches Western Marxism, British neo-Marxism, and Marxist Philosophy. He completed his PhD at Shanxi University in 2013 and has since published a number of articles for journals such as Marxism & Reality and Studies in Philosophy of Science and Technology, and contributed a chapter to the book British Neo-Marxism

Donia Mounsef is Associate Professor of drama and Études théâtrales at the University of Alberta dept. of Drama and Faculté Saint-Jean. A performance theorist and dramaturge, she is the author of Chair et révolte dans le théâtre de Bernard-Marie Koltès (l'Harmattan, 2005) and the co-editor of “The Transparency of the Text” (Yale French Studies, 2007). She publishes widely on intermediality, visual culture and violence, trauma theory, gender and feminist performance, and post-dramatic theatre. Her work appeared in Journal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismYale French StudiesEsprit CréateurYale Journal of CriticismWomen and Performance JournalFéminismosAlt-TheatrePrague Journal of English StudiesJournal of Global Studies and Contemporary ArtKryton, etc. She is currently working on a book length study on Transmediality and Biopolitics: En-Acting Digital Mediation in the Performing Arts.

Surti Singh is an assistant professor of philosophy at The American University in Cairo. Before coming to AUC, she was an instructor at DePaul University in Chicago, where she received her PhD in Philosophy and MA certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her areas of specialization include 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Feminism. Surti is a steering committee member of the Theory and Practice Workshop in the Humanities and Social Sciences at AUC, an initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and part of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she serves as Book Review Editor for Adorno Studies. Previously, she served on the advisory committee for the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and organized the film series "Double Lives: Rethinking Identity Through Cinema." Her recent work has appeared in The Aesthetic Ground of Critical Theory: New Readings of Benjamin and Adornoand is forthcoming in New Forms of Revolt: Essays on Kristeva’s Intimate Politics.

Peyman Vahabzadeh is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) Program at University of Victoria He is the author of Articulated Experiences: Toward A Radical Phenomenology of Contemporary Social Movements (SUNY Press, 2003), A Guerrilla Odyssey: and the Fadai Period of National Liberation in Iran, 1970-1979 (Syracuse University Press, 2010), and Exilic Meditations: Essays on A Displaced Life (H&S Media, 2013), the guest editor of the special issue of West Coast Line on “Writing Rupture: Iranian Emigration Literature” (2003) and special issue of Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory on “Democracy at the Time of Politics of Fright” (2007). He is also the author of nine books in Persian. His essays, poems, short stories, and interviews have appeared in English, Persian, Kurdish, and German.

Kong Zhijian, a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Nanjing University, specializes in Marxist Theory and is interested in Marx’s Philosophy and Western Marxism. His works (all in Chinese) include “A Critical Rethink of Henryk Grossman’s Theory of Breakdown,” “On Stuart Hall’s Reading of Marx’s 1857 Introduction,” “The Origin and Development of Open Marxism,” and “From Process Theology to Organic Marxism.”